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The FBI's Facial Recognition Software Has Never Been Properly Tested For Accuracy

Since 2011 the FBI has used facial recognition software to identify people during criminal investigations. The agency combs through a database of over 411 million photos, including everything from mugshots to driver’s licenses. Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report that’s critical of the technology.


The FBI Is Developing Software To Track And Sort People By Their Tattoos 

An Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) investigation just revealed an awfully Orwellian fact: the FBI is working with government researchers to develop advanced tattoo recognition technology. This would allow law enforcement to sort and identify people based on their tattoos to determine “affiliation to gangs, sub-cultures, religious or ritualistic beliefs, or political ideology”.


The FBI Is Letting Tech Companies Off The Leash, But Only A Little Bit

Today, Yahoo announced the public disclosure of three National Security Letters it received from the FBI — an acknowledgement that has never happened before, according to Yahoo.


The FBI Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny Wiretapping The Amazon Echo

Back in March, Gizmodo filed a Freedom of Information request with the FBI asking if the agency had ever wiretapped an Amazon Echo. This week we got a response: “We can neither confirm nor deny…”


FBI Director Is Upset That You Can Communicate Securely On WhatsApp

James Comey, FBI director and encryption sceptic, hates that you can communicate privately and securely.


The US Supreme Court Just Gave FBI The Power To Hack Innocent People

A proposed change to the ‘Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure’ issued yesterday by the United States Supreme Court will allow US federal judges to allow the FBI to hack multiple computers at once, including machines of people who haven’t been suspected of a crime. It can even hack people the FBI knows to be innocent.


Report: The FBI Will Be Able To Use The San Bernardino Hack Again

Ever since the FBI opted for plan B and resorted to using the services of some third party to gain access to the San Bernardino iPhone, speculation has been rife about whether the hack could be used again. A new report suggests it can — but only on the same model of phone.


This Rumour About A California Senator's Views On iPhone Encryption Is Too Amazing To Be True

The complex battle between Apple and the FBI over the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone was tough for most people to fully grasp. But for Senator Barbara Boxer, who represents Apple’s home state of California, it’s as easy as swiping her finger across her phone.


The FBI Was Kind Enough To Disclose An Already-Patched Vulnerability To Apple

When you think of the FBI, Apple and security, chances are you aren’t picturing an amicable working relationship designed to ensure the security of citizens. But there’s actually a White House initiative that’s supposed to force exactly that! Shame it’s not really working.


The FBI Paid At Least $US1 Million To Get Inside The San Bernardino Shooter's iPhone

After weeks of a very public back and forth with Apple over opening the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, the FBI opted for plan B and asked an Israeli security firm to crack the device. And they paid a premium.


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